Trio face anxious wait as judge considers possible jail sentences
Wandsworth-based celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s father-in-law and two of his brothers-in-law have pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to charges of computer hacking. 68-year-old Chris Hutcheson and his sons Adam Hutcheson and Chris Hutcheson Jr. now face an anxious wait to see if the judge determines their offences warrant a jail sentence.
They were accused of accessing programs and data on his computer without authority during a business dispute which arose after the chef fell out with his wife Tana’s father in 2010. His sister-in-law Orlanda Butland, aged 45, who also lives in Wandsworth, denied the charges and when no evidence was presented, the case against her was dismissed.
Chris Hutcheson Sr. was fired as the head of Gordon Ramsay’s business empire and then accused of hacking into emails and taking £1.4 million from the business. Gordon Ramsay claimed that this was to fund his father-in-law’s serial womanising. After a writ had been issued against him Chris Hutcheson had countersued claiming unfair dismissal.
The court at the Old Bailey was told that Gordon Ramsay had hired an expert to determine if there had been any unauthorised access to his computers. The analysis showed that there were more than 2,000 intrusions for which it was possible to determine the location and log in used to gain access between 23 October 2010 and 3 March 2011. The police launched an investigation as part of Operation Tuleta resulting in the four people being charged this February.
Sentencing is due to take place on 2 June but the judge has warned the defendants that he is considering all options implying that jail terms have not been ruled out.
Gordon, who lives in Wandsworth with Tana and their four children, runs local restaurant London House in Battersea Square as well as famous eateries such as Petrus and the Savoy Grill. He subsequently bought out Chris Hutcheson's interest in his businesses and restructured the companies which had got into financial difficulty.
April 11, 2017